Philippe de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil

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About Philippe de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil

He was born in the castle of Vaudreuil, near Castelnaudary, France. As Chevalier de Vaudreuil, he was sent to command French forces in New France before being appointed governor of Montreal in 1702, and then governor-general of New France in 1703. Vaudreuil was a successful administrator and reformer, and pursued an enlightened policy towards the Native Americans in the region, who remained overwhelmingly pro-French.

He died in Quebec City. His son, Pierre François de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil-Cavagnal, later served as the last governor-general of New France before its conquest by the British in 1760, during the French and Indian War. Several of his other sons went on to distinguished careers in the French army and navy. His grandson Louis-Philippe de Vaudreuil defeated the English Navy in front of Yorktown on the Septre, and was protecting George Washington's army in 1782 in Boston aboard the Triomphant. His grandson also brought back the victorious French army of Rochambeau, back to France after Yorktown.

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Philippe de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil's Timeline

Castelnaudary, France
September 22, 1691
Age 48
Québec, Canada
May 30, 1693
Age 50
Québec, Canada
January 24, 1695
Age 52
Québec, Canada
November 22, 1698
Age 55
Québec, Canada
June 23, 1701
Age 58
Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 26, 1706
Age 63
Montreal, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Age 65
Age 66